The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau, and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) announced Friday that they will host the Twelfth Annual Taste of Vermont Reception in Washington, DC, with honored guest Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

The annual event has become well known throughout the Capital Region for its dynamic showcase of Vermont products and destinations. More than 60 Vermont businesses will be represented at the reception, and many are traveling to Washington for this special event. Representatives of Vermont’s premier hotels, resorts, attractions, and Vermont food and beverage makers will have the opportunity to meet with food buyers, writers, meeting planners, policy makers from federal agencies and others in an effort to bring more business to Vermont.

The Taste of Vermont Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. This special event is by invitation only, with an attendee list that will include U.S. Senators and Representatives; federal government officials; Vermont government officials; Vermont Convention Bureau members; Washington-based specialty food buyers; travel and food reporters; and meeting planners.

The Taste of Vermont has been a staple in representing Vermont’s exciting food and beverage scene, while offering an opportunity for the areas business leaders to mingle, and build new relationships, said Christian Kuzia chair of the Vermont Convention Bureau’s Board of Directors. The Vermont Convention Bureau, and it’s members, are proud to have been involved with this event for the past 13 years. Don’t miss our next year. Come and have a Taste!

Leahy said: “The proven premise of Taste of Vermont is that tasting is believing. Quality is paramount in the Green Mountain State. It is our brand. Vermont has an international reputation for quality, purity and craftsmanship, from world class beer, cheese and maple products, to world-renown skiing, hiking and stunning landscapes. We want everyone to know about all the other artfully crafted food and experiences we have to offer. For more than a decade, this highly anticipated event impresses and wins converts every time. Across the nation and beyond, there is growing interest in our small state’s expanding variety of fine products, made with pride, skill and a tradition of excellence. The Taste of Vermont is the perfect crossroads for Vermont businesses to showcase our diverse and unique economy, in the heart of the nation’s capital.”

The Taste of Vermont Reception will showcase the diversity of Vermont food and beverage products. Everything from pizza, snacks, microbrew beers and ciders and spirits, handcrafted chocolate, and artisan cheese to ice cream, meats, and, of course, pure Vermont maple syrup will be represented at the event, truly giving attendees a real “Taste of Vermont.”

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